WARRINGTON Wolves have parted company with first team coach Richard Agar as they move closer to announcing Tony Smith’s successor, which is hotly tipped to be Cronulla Shark’s assistant Steve Price.
Agar, who has been offered a coaching position in the NRL, took over the role of first team coach alongside Smith after resigning from his position at Wakefield Wildcats in June 2014.
A former player, with spells at Dewsbury, Featherstone and Widnes, Agar had previously held the top position at Hull FC and also coached the French international team until last year.
Agar said: “I have been fortunate to experience grand finals, challenge cup finals, winning the league, and a World Cup during my coaching career in this country; to experience living and working in Australia at this stage of my life is an opportunity I feel I could not pass up, for both me and my family.
“It has been a pleasure to work for, and with, some wonderful people and high quality professionals at the Wolves. It is a superb Rugby League club.
“I wish both the club and the new coach all the very best next season. The disappointment of last year has been well documented but the club and the squad is strong enough to bounce back immediately and I’m sure it will.”
Karl Fitzpatrick, Wolves’ chief executive, added: “On behalf of everyone at the club I’d like to thank Richard for all his efforts and hard work during his time with us; he played a massive part in the success of 2016. I know the players all respected and enjoyed working with him. A move to the NRL is an exciting opportunity for him and his family, and we wish him all the best with this new venture.”